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I Belong

Review: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

Title: Eternal Rider

Author: Larissa Ione

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Lords of Deliverance (Book 1)

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Format: Paperback, 402 Pages

ISBN-10: 044657449X (Grand Central)

ISBN-13:  978-0446574495 (Grand Central)

Reviewed by: Sheila


They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can’t-or won’t-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman’s safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara’s life.

Quick & Dirty: Legends come to life with all the flaws of us mere mortals.  Full of action, suspense, and naughty scenes including patio furniture and a home-made whip.

Opening SentenceAres, also known as War, second of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to much of the human and demon world, sat astride his stallion on the outskirts of a nameless village in Africa, his body and mind vibrating with energy.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Every religion has two things; a story about the Beginning of creation and the End. Human nature makes each of us curious about where we came from and where we are going.  The Lords of Deliverance series gives us an interesting interpretation of the Apocalypse and the Horsemen in charge of heralding it.  Larissa Ione presents us with four very “human” legendary figures, being half-demon and half-angel, which walk the line between good and evil.  But the first seal is broken, and the end is inevitable, isn’t it?

Ares, known as the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse-War, is a hard man.  A great strategist and immortal warrior, he has had little to fear for the last forty-five hundred years.  The only thing he has to worry about is not having his Seal broken and unleashing his demon nature on humanity.  But now that the countdown has started, the only thing keeping him from going evil is one little slip of a human female.  Surely, if he can command legions of armies he can handle one lone female, right?  Ares is stubborn, arrogant, and has way too much ego for one man.  But under all of that, he was once just a man that had lost his family.  And his long buried feelings and emotions resurface after spending some time with Cara Thornhart.  But can he afford to have a weakness now, knowing that this war will mean the difference between good or evil triumphing?  Can he set aside old grudges in order to create alliances that may make a difference between winning and losing?

Cara has barely been surviving when circumstances thrust her into a supernatural world that teeters on the brink of war.  Her gift of kindness to a dog has led her to being bonded with a hellhound and, eventually, the carrier of Ares’ agimortus; his trigger for breaking his Seal.  But humans were never meant to carry such a thing, and it is killing her.  Now it is a race against time to save her life, and therefore preventing Ares from going evil.  Cara realizes, now that her life is coming to an end, she has yet to really live.  Her desperation to fight for her life leads her to take chances that she wouldn’t before, including falling in love.  She doesn’t have the luxury of time with Ares and does all she can in the time she has left.  This includes helping Ares get past his feud with the hellhounds.  Cara too must face her own past and its consequences before she can move on from it.  By letting each other into their hearts, both learn that love makes a person stronger, not weaker.  Of course, all of this would be much easier if Ares’ brother wasn’t working against them to get the Apocalypse started.

Pestilence, once known as Reseph, is the First Horseman of the Apocalypse and the first one to have his Seal broken.  Now that his demon nature is released, his only goal in life is to see his siblings fall as well.  He is made aware of Ares’ attachment to Cara and uses it against his brother.  Though it is understood that there is no going back once a Seal is broken, Reseph’s brothers and sister refuse to give up hope.  They search for a way to bring back the man they love while he is searching for a way to take them down.  I especially enjoy the closeness that these siblings share.  Their fate has left them little sympathy with others, leaving them to only rely on each other all of these years.  To have lost the Reseph they knew and loved and had him replaced with one that has no love in him must tear the siblings apart.  To know that the only way they may be able to prevent the Apocalypse is to kill him must be such a heavy burden in each of their hearts.

There is a lot going on in this book, including some hot love scenes.  It picks up from the end of another series by Larissa Ione, The Demonica series. Though you can definitely read this series alone, if you want to know any back information, especially about Underworld General, you will have to read the other series.  Otherwise, this is a good paranormal romance with a pinch of End of Days.

Notable Scene:

His thumb stroked her cheek, and she hated herself for liking it.  “I prefer human females, but-“He gnashed his teeth so hard she heard the crack.

“But, what?” she pressed.  “They’re too smart to put up with your crap?”

“I make them combative.”

“Well, gee, with your personality, I can’t imagine why that would be.”

Something sad flickered in his expression, but then it was gone, replaced by the ruthless cruelty again.  “It’s my curse.  When I’m around humans, they want to fight.”

She squirmed in his grip.  “You think?”

His smile was both sensual and wicked.  “This is normal righting.  You seen to be immune to my effect.”

“Really?  Because you seriously piss me off.”  He did other things to her, too, things he shouldn’t, but it seemed that when it came to him, her body and brain were divorced.

The Lords of Deliverance Series:

1. Eternal Rider

2. Immortal Rider

3. Lethal Rider

FTC Advisory: Grand Central Publishing provided me with a copy of Eternal Rider.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.

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